Luxury car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz are betting big on volume cars in the Indian luxury market. Although BMW kickstarted the big volume luxury car trend in India, with the X1 compact crossover, the German luxury car giant finds itself trailing Audi and Mercedes Benz when it comes to launching affordable luxury cars. While BMW’s comeback will take at least a year more, the automaker has already started testing the next generation X1 crossover, which will be launched in 2016. Internationally, the compact crossover was given a mid-life refresh last year and the facelifted model is sold in India as well.
In its second generation, the X1 crossover will get a comprehensive makeover. The 2016 X1 will follow the design philosophy of its elder sibling, the X6, and will feature a coupe-like roofline. The front fascia will be revamped comprehensively and the X1 will get projector headlamps, a revised grille and a new bumper. The creases on the bonnet are also likely to be redrawn to make for sharper looks.
The profile of the 2016 X1 will see a revision too, with the most prominent change being the revised roofline. The alloy wheels will get a redesign and the rear of the car will get LED tail lamps. Underpinning the compact crossover will be the new UKL platform that the 2016 X1 will share with the 2014 Mini hatchback range. Notably, the BMW X1 will come with a front-wheel drive layout as standard while an all-wheel drive option will be made available on the top of the line variant.
Coming to engine options, the 2016 BMW X1 crossover is expected to borrow heavily from the new Mini range. 1.5 liter-3 cylinder, turbo charged petrol and diesel engines will drive the next-generation X1 while more powerful 4 and 6 cylinder engines could be offered on the top of the line variants. An 8 speed automatic gearbox will be standard on the car with brake energy regeneration and idle stop technologies to boost fuel efficiency.